Biology, AS



Year 1 Semester 1
Fall
BIOL 1406 General Biology I

A study of the biological sciences for students who plan to major or minor in biology or pre-professional studies or to fulfill the laboratory science requirement of other majors. This course utilizes an integrated approach and emphasizes the molecular basis of life cell biology and bioenergetics. Other topics for discussion include Mendelian and molecular genetics.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I

Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences health sciences and engineering.  Topics include measurements fundamental properties of matter states of matter chemical reactions chemical stoichiometry periodicity of elemental properties atomic structure chemical bonding molecular structure solutions properties of gases and introductions to thermodynamics quantum mechanics and descriptive chemistry. Successful completion (final grade of C or better) of CHEM 1411 will allow the student to continue on to CHEM 1412. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 1314 or equivalent or above


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

MATH 2413 Calculus I

This is a standard first course in calculus.  Topics include limits continuity; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule mean value theorem and rate of change problems; curve sketching; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic trigonometric and transcendental functions with an application to calculation of areas. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture each week
Prerequisites

MATH 2412 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better

ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

Total Credit Hours
15

Year 1 Semester 2
Spring
BIOL 1407 General Biology II

This course is an introduction to the biological sciences for students who plan to major or minor in biology or pre-professional studies or to fulfill the laboratory science requirement of other majors.  This course emphasizes the unity and diversity of life through the study of evolutionary phenomena the origin of life biodiversity plant and animal evolution the dynamics of ecosystems and the biosphere. Animal dissection is a required component of laboratory activity.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

BIOL 1406.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II

Continuation of CHEM 1411. Topics include: chemical equilibrium solutions phase diagrams acid-base concepts thermodynamics kinetics electrochemistry nuclear chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Successful completion (final grade of C or better) of CHEM 1412 will allow the student to continue on to CHEM 2423.

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

CHEM 1411 with a final grade of C or better


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

Intensive study of and practice in professional settings. Focus on the types of documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job such as proposals reports instructions policies and procedures email messages letters and descriptions of products and services. Practice individual and collaborative processes involved in the creation of ethical and efficient documents.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Choose 1 American History Course

Choose one course from the following:

Total Credit Hours
14

Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
Choose 1 American History Course

Choose one course from the following:

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context with emphasis on audience analysis speaker delivery ethics of communication cultural diversity and speech organizational techniques to develop students' speaking abilities.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Eligibility to enroll in INRW 0302 

Total Credit Hours
6

Year 2 Semester 1
Fall
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I

Fundamental principles of organic chemistry will be studied including the structure bonding properties and reactivity of organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives.  Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms.  Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding nomenclature stereochemistry structure and reactivity reaction mechanisms functional groups and synthesis of simple molecules.  Also includes radical reactions and infrared spectroscopy. Successful completion of (final grade of C or better) of CHEM 2423 will allow the student to continue on to CHEM 2425. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

CHEM 1412 with a final grade of C or better.


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution structure and powers of the national government including the legislative executive and judicial branches federalism political participation the national election process public policy civil liberties and civil rights.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Choose 1 Social & Behavioral Science Course
Total Credit Hours
13

Year 2 Semester 2
Spring
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II

Continuation of CHEM 2423. Advanced principles of organic chemistry will be studied. Advanced principles of organic chemistry will be studied.  Topics include: the properties and reactions of alcohols ethers conjugated systems aromatic compounds aldehydes ketones carboxylic acids and their derivatives and amines with emphasis on synthesis and mechanisms.  Spectroscopic methods of structure determination of organic molecules is also covered.  (Spring)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours lecture and four hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

CHEM 2423 with a grade of C or better


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

Origin and development of the Texas Constitution structure and powers of state and local government federalism and inter-governmental relations political participation the election process public policy and the political culture of Texas.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Choose 1 Creative Arts Course

Choose one course from the following:

Total Credit Hours
10


Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The A.S. Degree in Biology is intended as the first 2 years toward a 4-year university degree in biology, which can serve as the foundation to apply to a graduate program or professional school of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, or pharmacy.


Recommended High School Endorsement
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)


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TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES:

Texas A&M University
University of Texas
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